James Flaherty came to the San Francisco Zen Center in 1991, began studying with Norman in 1995, and took his first vows in 2000. He was Shuso in 2011 and received lay entrustment in 2014.
30 years ago James developed the Integral Coaching methodology, an ever-evolving methodology with mindfulness at its heart. New Ventures West, the school where the methodology is taught, was founded by James and his wife Stacy in 1985 and now offers courses worldwide.
James’s immense curiosity about people and life—and mostly about how to be useful to others—has informed his studies and spiritual life. He is a voracious reader and continually builds upon a rich foundation in philosophy, integral studies, adult learning, somatics and many other topics.